Saturday, January 03, 2015

Irresistibly Rainbow

Happy New Year everyone! Hope your year is off to a great start :D

I've shared a couple of projects that use the Celebrate Today set from the up-coming Occasions catalogue, and now it's time to show you something from the Sale-a-bration catalogue that also launches on January 6th.

I have once again used Celebrate Today, but how about that background paper? It's from a pack called Irresistibly Yours, which you can get for free during Sale-a-bration when you place a qualifying order. The fantastic thing about this paper is it is clear glossy designs printed on white, so you can colour it any way you want to coordinate with whatever colours you have in your project (essentially, you can do emboss resist without the embossing!). Although for this I sponged the background first and then sorted out what I was going to put with it, hehehehe. I decided I didn't want much on the front, to let the background show off... and the background is pretty busy, so I kept it pretty simple again. It's probably hard to tell from the photo (had a bit of trouble getting a good shot!), but the dots on the balloon are rhinestones that I coloured with Blendabilities.

When I make a card I usually make two at the same time, I feel it's a bit quicker than creating two cards from scratch. Invariably I am making a card for an up-coming need, and by making two I have one to use straight away and then one on hand. This time however, the card was actually the secondary idea for this background. My original thought was this:

Yay, awesome new phone cover! When I first got my phone years ago I got a clear case for it with the idea that I could use patterned paper under it and have something unique (and a bit fancy). I hadn't changed it for a while, but once I saw this paper in the Sale-a-bration catalogues I thought I would just have to do it now, and have something truly unique (well, unless someone CASEs it!)

All supplies by Stampin' Up!
Cardstock: Whisper White
Stamp set: Celebrate Today
Ink: Rich Razzleberry, Rose Red, Melon Mambo, Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight, So Saffron, Pear Pizzazz, Coastal Cabana, Bermuda Bay, Tempting Turquoise, Marina Mist, Wisteria Wonder, Elegant Eggplant (phew!)
Accessories: Irresistibly Yours DSP, Balloon Framelit dies, Rhinestone jewels, Rich Razzleberry Blendabilities, Melon Mambo Blendabilities, Daffodil Delight Blendabilities, Wild Wasabi Blendabilities, Coastal Cabana Blendabilities, Marina Mist Blendabilities, Wisteria Wonder Blendabilities, sponge dauber, dimensionals,Whisper White Baker's Twine (again, phew!)

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Celebrate With Balloons

I'm having a lot of fun creating things with the upcoming Celebrate Today set. This colourful card was inspired by a card from a Stampin' Up! demonstrator publication. As is often the case when something inspires me, when I start creating more ideas come to me and sometimes the finished result can come out completely different to the idea I had at the start! With this card I hadn't planned changing too much, but I had come up with this colour scheme so had to tweak things to work that in and ultimately it became a bit of a stepped-up version, with more steps and embellishments than the original.

All supplies by Stampin' Up!
Cardstock: Coastal Cabana, Whisper White
Stamp set: Celebrate Today
Ink: Pink Pirouette, Rich Razzleberry, Bermuda Bay, Pear Pizzazz, Calypso Coral, Coastal Cabana
Accessories: 1 3/4" circle punch, Balloon Framelit dies, Starburst dies, dimensionals,Whisper White Baker's Twine

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Shaker Balloon

The new year is fast approaching, and with it come new Stampin' Up! goodies! The new Occasions and Sale-a-bration catalogues launch on the 6th of January. To whet your appetites I have a few things to share during the lead up.

It's been a while since I bought a versatile birthday set, so from the get go I was very keen on Celebrate Today and it's coordinating dies. I had the idea for a shaker card pretty quickly, then I had to waaaaaiiiit for my box of goodies to arrive... and then things were ramping up toward Christmas and I wasn't sure if I would find time to try out my ideas. I always find this so frustrating, ideas come to mind and you struggle to remember them when you sit down to create! Thankfully this idea wasn't one that was forgotten. I wanted to keep the rest of the card pretty simple to keep the focus on the balloon, though the brushed metallic cardstock has a slight texture to it which gives things a subtle interest.

All supplies by Stampin' Up!
Cardstock: Bermuda Bay, Crisp Canteloup, Soft Sky, Tempting Turquoise, Whisper White, Window Sheet, brushed gold
Stamp set: Teeny Tiny Sentiments
Ink: Bermuda Bay, Soft Sky
Accessories: gold sequin trim, Bermuda Bay sequin trim, Confetti Stars punch, Ticket Duo punch, Balloon Framelit dies, dimensionals, Whisper White Baker's Twine, dauber

Thursday, December 25, 2014

TBT - Ruffled Ribbon

The end of the year is getting close but there's still time to snap up a bargain from the Year-End Closeout! This Throw-back Thursday I'll once again take the opportunity for a product focus from the Closeout sale. Today I wanted to feature the Ruffled Ribbon, the coordinating embellishment for the 2011-2013 In Colors. When the Color Collections were refreshed for the 2013-2014 Annual Catalogue many of these colours became long-term Color Collection members. The two colours of Ruffle Ribbon  in the Closeout sale just so happen to be two colours that are still current, so if you are look for more options for matching embellishments for Wisteria Wonder and Pool Party, the Ruffled Ribbon might just be what you are looking for!

Below are a couple of cards I made that used these ribbons (for full card details, click on the images).

Monday, December 22, 2014

Christmas Tree Of Gondor

With all the Christmas cards I have been posting lately, it's been a while since I posted anything geeky. And you might think that would be the case till I was all done with Christmas, but where there is a will and an Undefined carving kit, there's a way!

The idea of adapting a White Tree of Gondor design into a Christmas tree has been kicking around in my head for a very long time... I am sure I thought of it even before Stampin' Up! brought out their Undefined kits, though the kit made it much easier to bring to fruition. That said... very fiddly design and I quickly gave up any notion of the final result being completely symetrical because the carving tools and fingernails sometimes have a mind of their own... Overall though I am happy with how it came out :D

All supplies by Stampin' Up!
Cardstock: Basic Black, brushed silver
Stamp set: Teeny Tiny Sentiments, Undefined
Ink: Memento Black, VersaMark
Accessories: silver embossing powder, Modern Label punch, Ovals collection die, Labels Collection die, dimensionals, Basic Black 1/8" taffeta ribbon

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Coastal Snowflake

The Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalogue had a new thinlits card design this year, after introducing the Circle card & Label card thinlits last year. This years design is a lovely snowflake one... even if it has eight spokes/points (pedantic aren't I?). After a string of bold and funky colours, I came back to this cool colour scheme. I adapted the card by extending it, which I didn't take photos of (but I am not the first one to do it, so there are many many photos of it out there. Basically you trim your cardstock to the height of the thinlit and have one end of it on top (or bottom, depending how you layer things in your Big Shot) of the thinlit on the non-cutting side. I'm not sure who was the bright spark who first came up with this idea, but it is brilliant :)

All supplies by Stampin' Up!
Cardstock: Coastal Cabana, Pool Party, textured Pool Party, Whisper White
Stamp set: Teeny Tiny Sentiments, More Merry Messages
Ink: Bermuda Bay
Accessories: Snowflake Card thinlits, Rhinestone Basic Jewels

Thursday, December 18, 2014

TBT - Festive Flurry Framelits

Have you checked out the Year-End Closeouts? There are some fantastic products available at amazing prices. Many of these products are retired, so this is your last chance to order them. I thought this was a good oportunity to highlight some of the products on sale.

One of my favourite sets from last years Holiday catalogue was the Festive Flurry snowflake set. While the set itself is not available, the coordinating framelit dies are. You can see a few ways I used them in the cards below (for full details on the cards, just click on them).